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Global status of dataset repositories at a glance: study based on OpenDOAR

Ishrat Ayub Sofi (Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, India)
Ajra Bhat (Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, India)
Rahat Gulzar (Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, India)

Digital Library Perspectives

ISSN: 2059-5816

Article publication date: 9 April 2024

Issue publication date: 14 May 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

The study aims to shed light on the current state of “Dataset repositories” indexed in Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR).

Design/methodology/approach

From each repository/record information, the Open-Access Policies, Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH), year of creation and the number of data sets archived in the repositories were manually searched, documented and analyzed.

Findings

Developed countries like the United Kingdom and the USA are primarily involved in the development of institutional open-access repositories comprising significant components of OpenDOAR. The most extensively used software is DSpace. Most data set archives are OAI-PMH compliant but do not follow open-access rules. The study also highlights the sites’ embrace of Web 2.0 capabilities and discovers really simple syndication feeds and Atom integration. The use of social media has made its presence known. Furthermore, the study concludes that the number of data sets kept in repositories is insufficient, although the expansion of such repositories has been consistent over the years.

Practical implications

The work has the potential to benefit both researchers in general and policymakers in particular. Scholars interested in research data, data sharing and data reuse can learn about the present state of repositories that preserve data sets in OpenDOAR. At the same time, policymakers can develop recommendations and policies to assist in the construction and maintenance of repositories for data sets.

Originality/value

According to the literature, there have been numerous studies on open-access repositories and OpenDOAR internationally, but no research has focused on repositories preserving content-type data sets. As a result, the study attempts to uncover various characteristics of OpenDOAR Data set repositories.

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Acknowledgements

Funding: The authors received no financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this study.

Conflict of interest: The authors declared no potential conflicts of interest concerning the research, authorship and/or publication of this study.

Citation

Sofi, I.A., Bhat, A. and Gulzar, R. (2024), "Global status of dataset repositories at a glance: study based on OpenDOAR", Digital Library Perspectives, Vol. 40 No. 2, pp. 330-347. https://doi.org/10.1108/DLP-11-2023-0094

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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